|I know that feel, Ironhide.|
Firstly, I was using black primer and then airbrushing on Mechrite Red base so that I could then airbrush in the Red Gore base I actually wanted. Which is a horrible way to do things.
So I did some experimentation with red primer and skipping the Mechrite Red. It's not exactly the same shade, but if it's damn close. Close enough that I can save a a lot of airbrushing time and a lot of worry have about sourcing paint colors. The recent GW change over makes the old colors scarce and I'm not sure any of the stores near me have switched over yet.
There was also a brief scare when I found out that my treasured Vallejo Model Air Satin Varnish had been discontinued. Turns out that it didn't matter since it was the regular model color varnish in a different package. Phew.
Then I had to reconstruct my highlighting scheme. Because I'm an idiot who didn't write things down. Luckily, there was a sudden gust of good memory and this was a breeze. But then I was face to face with the fact that I spend too much time custom mixing every damn highlight and shade in the army.
Which is where we come in today. Custom mixing every highlight is horribly time consuming. Especially with my wet pallet's tendency to over thin my paint. Lots and lots of remixing. Which leads to frustration. If this project hadn't been started yet, this wouldn't be an issue since I could compromise and attempt to get a pre-mixed shade close to what I wanted. I'm 15 models on already, so for the sake of standardization, I gotta go another route - mixing my own.
Plus, I already own most of the red's I can get my hands on. So my chances for getting THE pinkish red I needed are slim.
So armed with a stash of relevant old-GW paints, some mixing bottles and some pipettes, I set to work.
|I save all my pewter cut offs for a rainy day. this time they become agitators.|
|you can see what passed for my color master over there on the square base.|
|Huge time savings. In a bottle.|
So, with the custom colors out of the way, it'll be on to the last of the Cyclone Terminators. These are the last two guys I worked on before progress halted.